SSASA 2019 Announcement ( Closing date: June 14, 2019)

The U.S. Embassy is looking for candidates interested in participating in the Salzburg Global Seminar to be held in September 20-24, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.

This call for applications mainly targets professors of American Studies at the university level interested in the following theme:

The Changing Role of the Media in American Life and Culture

Ever since Salzburg Global Seminar was founded in 1947 as the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, critical dialogue about American history, literature, cultural institutions, politics, economics and law has played a vital role in our organization’s development and legacy.

The annual symposia convened by the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association focus on topical questions and issues related to American culture and society, in order to foster understanding of how these issues are influenced by, and affect, the world as a whole.

Participants will examine factors related to leadership, gender, race and ethnicity changes in America, transformations in media and digital communication, the decline of trust in political and cultural institutions, the direction and polarizing significance of popular culture and the arts in understanding America, and the implications of the above for the future of American Studies abroad.


The intensive four-day session will include thematic presentations and panel-led discussions by distinguished speakers and participants, as well as small in-depth discussion groups to maximize cross-sector interaction with everyone present. The highly interactive session takes place at Schloss Leopoldskron, the historic home of Salzburg Global Seminar.


Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) symposia are intended to connect scholars and professional leaders from around the world to build collaborative networks for research and debate. The 2019 meeting – the 17th SSASA symposium – will bring together approximately 45 participants from more than 25 countries. Speakers and participants will include individuals with expertise in the current American media landscape, as well as academics teaching about the United States in universities around the world.

How to Apply

To compete for a scholarship (covers airfare, lodging, and seminar registration) to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar we require the following documents:

  • Resume/CV,
  • 300 word statement in English pertaining to the theme of this year’s seminar and what you would like to present,

Interested participants should send their resumes/CVs and a 300-word statement to: no later than june 14, 2019.

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